What Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Defense Says About Kevin McCarthy

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Crazytown) has an anti-vaccine, anti-mask, and anti-science claptrap history. This week, his wacky outpourings led to the permanent suspension of his personal Twitter account.

Facebook – the company’s motto: Profit Priority – also saw fit to briefly ban the Georgian MP, from a 24-hour exile. On Tuesday, Greene was again free to offer voter service and promulgate perfectly reasonable theories like the one about the 2018 California wildfires triggered by Jewish-controlled space lasers.

In the year since taking office, Greene has proven to be nothing more than a political distraction, and an obnoxious one at that. But the way GOP House frontman Kevin McCarthy responded to his sanction through social media – and the fact that he chose to weigh in – was revealing.

“The American experience depends on the freedom and ability of Americans to speak out, which Republicans fight to preserve,” Republican Bakersfield said in a statement.

The American experience also depends on recognizing the will of the voters as expressed in free and fair elections, which McCarthy and 146 of his fellow Republicans refused to do on January 6, 2021. But it did. is another column.

McCarthy further threatened revenge. If Republicans took control of Congress in the November midterm election, he said, they would respond by “shutting down the business model you rely on today.”

“Twitter (all major tech), if you stop constitutionally protected speech (not lewd and lewd) you should lose 230 protections,” McCarthy tweeted, referring to the 1996 federal decency provision communications which allows companies to publish messages posted by users. materials without being held responsible.

Earlier, McCarthy had warned telecommunications and social media companies against cooperating with Congressional investigators investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, saying Republicans “will not forget” their actions. (Nice little money-minting business you have there. Shame if anything happens to it.)

There are many good reasons for a long-awaited crackdown on monopoly disinformation super-broadcasters like Facebook and other social media. But foiling an investigation into the attempted violent overthrow of the government and restoring Greene’s personal Twitter account are not two of them.

It’s not like Greene has been silenced. His official congressional record remains fully functional, serving as a reliable source of misplaced pity and compassion for jailed insurgents who attempted to overthrow the 2020 election.

In addition, there is no constitutional right to be on Twitter or Facebook, nor is there a constitutional right to walk into a store and take what you want without paying.

“Twitter to simply kick someone is not a 1st Amendment violation,” said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA constitutional law expert. Government entities, not private companies, are bound by the guarantee of freedom of expression.

Greene’s virtual dismissal for repeatedly violating Twitter’s terms of service, however, watered an inevitable fundraising appeal. (“Immediately make an emergency contribution of $ 1.00,” she pleaded.) Having lost her commission duties for, among other things, advocating violence against Democrats, Green apparently does not have much. – something to do with his time apart from robbing the gullible and the indignant.

In 2019, McCarthy was among those Republicans who supported the removal of GOP Representative Steve King from his committee assignments after the Iowa congressman defended the notion of white supremacy in an interview with New York. Times. (This was just the latest in a story of King’s fanatic remarks.)

Fast forward to last November. When Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) was sanctioned and stripped of his committee duties for tweeting a video of the rep killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and throwing swords at the President Biden, McCarthy took a different stance. He told reporters that Gosar and Greene might even get better committee assignments if the GOP regains control of the House in November.

That’s quite the incentive structure: behave badly and reap the benefits.

However, this turnaround is nothing compared to McCarthy’s shattering response to the violent and treacherous events of January 6.

He first called Donald Trump to account, stating categorically: “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.” That changed when the expected anti-Trump backlash failed to materialize among rank and file Republican voters. Soon McCarthy was on a flight to Palm Beach, Florida to crawl and beg for forgiveness.

For McCarthy, it all comes down to Trump, his followers like Greene and Gosar, and the belief that voters under the former president’s sway are critical to a strong GOP turnout this fall and to the long-held dream of McCarthy to claim the Presidency of the House.

To portray Greene as some sort of free speech martyr because his personal Twitter account was shut down is as fanciful and absurd as any of those Jewish fireworks lasers. It’s also much more cynical.

But, unfortunately, this is not surprising. As McCarthy grabs the pinnacle of Congressional power, the only question is how far he is willing to descend.

Apparently he doesn’t know a background.


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